28 Nov Get Stains Out of Your Carpet Quickly and Safely
Happy Holidays from Carolina Carpet One!
The holidays come with plenty of family, fun, food, drinks–and occasionally spills.
Don’t stress! Spills are a part of life. And it’s not just the kids who have spills. Adults, do too.
No homeowner wants unsightly stains on their carpet. Read the tips below so you are prepared to deal with accidents when they happen.
Take immediate action. Address spills as soon as they happen. This is your best chance for removing all traces of it from your carpet.
Blot. Blot the spot to absorb as much as possible. Use a clean white cloth or towel and work from the outside in to minimize spreading. Rinse thoroughly with clean water, then blot again. Do not scrub or rub the carpet (this may damage the carpet fibers or cause the spill to soak through to the carpet pad).
Test. Before you try anything other than water on your carpet (cleanser/stain remover), test it on a carpet sample or in a hidden area just in case it discolors the carpet.
Apply cleanser or stain remover. Don’t overwet the area. Better Homes and Gardens recommends using the following solution for most water-soluble stains (alcoholic beverages, berries, milk, gravy, ice cream, jelly, chocolate, coffee, mustard, tea, and wine). Stir one teaspoon of mild dishwashing liquid into 1 quart of warm water and add 1/4 teaspoon of white vinegar. Pour the solution into a spray bottle and apply to the stain. Allow the solution to set for 10 minutes. Check out these other recipes for carpet stain removers.
Rinse. Blot with clean water and a clean, white cloth.
Blot again. Use a dry, clean, white cloth, towel, or paper towels. Blot until no more color shows on the carpet.
Dry thoroughly. Blot the area to dry completely. Use paper towels or a clean white towel to absorb any excess moisture.